Balderdash Bal"der*dash, v. t. To mix or adulterate, as liquors. [1913 Webster]

The wine merchants of Nice brew and balderdash, and even mix it with pigeon's dung and quicklime. --Smollett. [1913 Webster]

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  • balderdash — 1590s, of unknown origin; originally a jumbled mix of liquors (milk and beer, beer and wine, etc.), transferred 1670s to senseless jumble of words. From DASH (Cf. dash); first element perhaps cognate with Dan. balder noise, clatter (Cf. BOULDER… …   Etymology dictionary

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  • balderdash — ► NOUN ▪ senseless talk or writing. ORIGIN originally denoting a frothy liquid or an unappetizing mixture of drinks: of unknown origin …   English terms dictionary

  • balderdash — [bôl′dər dash΄] n. [orig. (17th c.), a senseless mixture of liquids, as of milk and ale] senseless talk or writing; nonsense …   English World dictionary

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  • balderdash — noun Etymology: origin unknown Date: 1674 nonsense …   New Collegiate Dictionary

  • balderdash — /bawl deuhr dash /, n. 1. senseless, stupid, or exaggerated talk or writing; nonsense. 2. Obs. a muddled mixture of liquors. [1590 1600; of obscure orig.] * * * …   Universalium